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St.James around the Bend. (Wye Valley)

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Hidden : 5/4/2004
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Size: Size: regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

Offset cache located on the Lancaut peninsula by the River Wye near Chepstow.

To find the main cache location you must first pay a visit to the clue at St. James's Church which is on the Lancaut peninsula (51°39.909'N, 2°40.249'W)

Suggested start point is on the gravel and grass verge (51°39.982'N, 2°39.899'W) which is about 250 yards along Lancaut Lane. This provides an off-road parking area for visitors to the Nature Reserve, walkers and the army of cliff climbers. The field behind this parking area is the site of "Spital Meend" Bronze Age hill fort. Good place for hazel nut picking when in season.

An Ordnance Survey map for the suggest parking area is available at this web site.

Continue down Lancaut lane on foot, and shortly you will arrive at the footpath that leads off left down into the Lancaut Woodland Nature Reserve. The path is very steep, rocky in places and often muddy, please proceed with all due care and caution. Official guidebooks state "the paths in this woodland are not recommended for young children or frail adults and older children should be closely supervised at all times. Stout footwear is essential" With that said, take this footpath and enter into the wild wood, going left again at the fork just beyond a pair of limekilns.

Your descent continues beyond a metal stile to a wooden bench which is dedicated to the life of Les Darbourn, a local warden. Below, you will see the ruins of St.James’s church built in the late 12th century. There is an information sign down and off to the right that details the history of the church. Take a look at the stone stiles; they are made from gravestones! People familiar to the area who know the ruin as overgrown & unsafe to enter, maybe pleasantly surprised to find the structure has in recent years been made secure and is now safely accessible.

The church is above the banks of the River Wye in a part which is known as Horseshoe bend. One of the cliff faces you can see beyond the bend is ‘Wintour’s Leap’, named after Sir John Wintour who supposedly jumped from this spot to escape the Parliamentary forces in 1642! You may like to take the short walk to Wintors Leap viewpoint after you return to the car park. A place to sit and ponder.

To find location of the main cache take the last number (n) of the year John Stephens died and use to complete the following position:

Main Cache is located @ N 51°39.x, W 2°40.y
Where x = (n+1, n+2, n-7) and y = (n-4, n+2, n-2)

The cache is a ammo box which is not in the Lancaut Woodland or Lancaut Salt Marsh Nature Reserves but is still on the peninsula.

Please replace the cache in the same location and ensure it is concealed from view in all directions.

Nearest family pub is "The Rising Sun" located at 51°39.579'N, 2°39.698'W

Hope you enjoy my first cache!

Original Contents of cache:
Log-book, pencil & pencil sharpener. Inflatable globe. Packet of veg seeds x 2. Jar of small fossils found locally. Zen garden kit in a box. Pair of Purple Pat Butcher ear rings (nice..honest). Squeaky Frog. Toy folding Binoculars. Hippy bead bracelet. Larger fossil picked up from another geocache. 50 pence coin. Roll of unused 35mm film. Miniature Port. Pichacho yellow pokemon thing. An official GEOCACHEUK.COM keyring / bottle opener. StoneFisk's Stone Travel Bug.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



  • Horseshoe BendThis is the view of Horseshoe Bend and the Lancaut peninsula as seen from Wintour’s Leap. St.James's can just about be seen.
  • Photo Hint: Cache LocationPhoto Hint: Cache Location, Using photo reduces difficulty rating by 0.5
  • The path to take.This is the start of the path leading from Lancaut Lane down into the nature reserve. It the first path leading left and is signposted so it can't be missed.
  • View from above St.JamesThe view from Les Darbourn's Seat.

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